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Essential Air Conditioning Tips & Tricks to Keep Your Home Cool!

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The hottest days in summer can be a nightmare if your air conditioner is not fully functional. The weather can also leave you with high bills and constant calls to HVAC services. Here are a few tips to make your summertime stress free.

Clean the Conditioner physical unit

People are often careful to clean the inside parts of the AC, but you cannot ignore the external components. Ensure you regularly wipe the condenser and remove any dust or debris that may hinder it from adequately functioning or slowing it down. Get a free quote to know more about your air conditioning unit at stlouisairconditioning.com.

Enlist the services of an HVAC specialist

Before summer, ensure you enlist HVAC services to take a look at your conditioner and carry out maintenance. This act will save you from constant repairs. Ensure your unit is inspected by a certified professional before the summer. This average cost between 70-100 dollars and saves you more in the long run.

Opt for programmed response

You may not always be around to tweak the AC to the surrounding; thus, programmed responses are ideal to ensure that whether you are home or not, it adjusts itself to the air your room requires. Smart thermostats may be more expensive than, but they save you the hustle of having to do it manually as you are not always accurate and can save you up to 30 dollars monthly by doing so.

Place your air conditioner in the shade.

The location of your AC can save you thousands of dollars because proper shading makes it run more efficiently and reduces instances of break down. The air in the shade is also relatively more cooling than the surrounding air, which gives your air conditioner an easier time when cooling it to your house.

Try plant vines

Vines have the same insulation effect as an awning. It grows faster, covering the exterior of one’s house and providing shade. These vines protect the walls from absorbing heat by blocking sunlight that heats the exterior walls.

Avoid placing your thermostat near heat.

Do not place your thermostat near the fridge, Tv sets, or other appliances that produce heat because they make your AC sense the heat and run even longer than required. Ensure that your AC is also installed in a place where the sun does not hit it directly.

Inspect your filters

Check your filters regularly and replace them when need be. This process is essential during summer when dust circulates. Ensure your system is not clogged as this will make your conditioner work harder to provide you with clean air translating to more electricity. When properly inspected and kept up to speed, it saves money and time that you will use in HVAC maintenance.

Invest in landscaping that is AC friendly

Avoid rocky landscapes’ use of asphalt or cement on the west or south side of your house. If these materials are not in the shade, they will heat up and increase your home’s temperature overworking the AC hence affecting your air conditioning strategies.

Use window film

Window films are essential for both summer and winter. They keep your house fresh during summer by reflecting sun rays away from home and keep your house warmer during winter by retaining warmth. Window films thus work hand in hand with your conditioner to ensure your air is cold without eating much into your pocket.

Ensure there is no debris

Look out for shrubs, trees, flowers, or other landscaping that is less than 2 feet away from the house. These stand in the way of proper air circulation, making your air conditioner overwork to provide col air.

Complement your conditioner

Install fans in your home as they are relatively cheaper to maintain than an AC. Check the rooms that are not usually used in the house often and opt for fans to save on cost. Set the fans to move counterclockwise and push the air straight down. You can also increase the fan speed on scorching days to give the same effect as your conditioner.

Buy newer AC models

Newer AC models may be slightly expensive than the older versions, but they come more enhanced and are more efficient than the earlier variants. They are also designed to use less electricity, which translates to monthly savings.

Close all vents

Closing all vents ensures that there is no constant air intake by the compressor on the AC. You can do this by providing that all the ventilators in the room are closed. In cases of gaps in the windows or wall, use durable sealants to seal them up.

Have insulated walls

Ensure that your walls are not too thin that it lets air out and in. If the walls are small, it will be difficult for the conditioner to keep the air fresh. You can also invest in insulators to ensure that you are not overworking your AC. Insulators work to keep your house warm during winter and cool during summer. It can also be inexpensive if you opt for the right type of insulation.

Invest in blinds and shades

Windows let in about 25% of summer heat. Investing in quality shades and blinds block the heat during the sunniest hours of the day, lowering the amount of work your AC has to do.

Use large appliances at night.

Appliances used to bake or wash can be used at night when the air is more relaxed. Large appliances produce a significant amount of heat. You can schedule the operations of dishwashers and ovens in the evening when the cooler temperature will offset their output.

Shut doors to unused rooms

Confine your air conditioner coolness to where it is needed by shutting doors of rooms you are not using. Closed doors confine the fresh air to the required room. This action ensures your conditioner does not overwork cooling rooms where there is no one.

Fit an awning

Fit an awning above windows and doors. They will provide shade and shield your windows from absorbing too much heat. This translates to the amount of air your AC has to cool.

Open windows at night

Opening the windows at night allows for cross breeze. Take advantage of the breezy summer night to enhance cross breeze that will enable you and your loved ones to sleep better at night and cut the electricity cost

These are some of the tips for air conditioning that you can embrace to have a cooler home. You can tell when it needs repair or some attention. These little actions will save you the pain of dealing with a broken AC at odd hours.

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Earth Observation Data Could Represent A Billion-Dollar Opportunity For Africa

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Earth observation [EO] data provides a billion-dollar opportunity for economies on the African continent, one that could create jobs and build new resilience after COVID-19.

The newly released report Unlocking the Potential of Earth Observation to address Africa’s critical challenges lays out the multiple economic benefits from EO data. The report was written in collaboration with Digital Earth Africa, an initiative that is a world first in providing freely accessible data that maps the entire African continent.

This report marks the first known time the potential impact of EO for Africa has been quantified. According to estimates, EO could be worth up to $2 billion a year thanks to:

1. A strengthened EO industry. Improved use of EO data could lead to an extra $500 million in yearly EO sales along with new job opportunities and increased fiscal revenues.

2. Boosted agricultural productivity. Better data could potentially be worth an extra $900 million a year, thanks to water savings and productivity gains for farmers, not to mention reduced pesticide usage.

3. Better regulation of gold mining activity. Data allows countries to crack down on illegal mining, providing a potential savings of at least $900 million from reduced environmental damage and fiscal evasion.

The report shows the opportunity available in EO data to strengthen economies and reach sustainability goals. EO data can help governments make more informed decisions regarding water, agriculture, food security and urbanization. Advancing new collaborations between public and private efforts can incentivize data sharing to develop EO industries on the continent even further.

Dr Adam Lewis, Managing Director of the Digital Earth Program welcomes the findings of the report as the first of its kind to quantify the potential benefits of the program. “Through collaboration with key partners both within Africa and across the globe, we have made significant progress in turning this potential into a reality. Over the last 12 months the program has met a number of milestones in improving access to data and services within Africa. Working with Amazon Web Services as well as international space agencies and the private sector, we have been able to provide access to locally stored analysis-ready satellite data within Africa.” Adam said.

“We are proud to support Digital Earth Africa’s efforts to make Earth observation data more easily accessible to African nations,” said Ana Pinheiro Privette, Lead for Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative. “Through the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative, Amazon is making available petabytes of Earth observation data, which provide valuable insights for communities to manage climate impacts including increased floods and droughts.”

Valuing the impact of EO is an emerging practice globally, with recent reports covering the Asia Pacific, Australia, the European Union and the UK, but this is the first such report for Africa. The report was developed following examination of the readiness of African countries to effectively and efficiently grow their geospatial capabilities, integrated with study of the potential economic benefit of EO data adoption on specific sustainable development focus areas.

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Data-Driven Operations Are Key to Future of Manufacturing

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In the near future, manufacturing companies will collaborate in hyperconnected value networks in which data-and-analytics applications drive productivity, new customer experiences and societal and environmental impact. A new white paper, Data Excellence: Transforming Manufacturing and Supply Systems, released today presents the challenges for manufacturers and provides the steps to overcome them.

According to the report, nearly three-quarters of 1,300 surveyed manufacturing executives consider advanced analytics to be critical for success and more important today than three years ago. However, only a few companies capture the full value that data and analytics can unlock to address manufacturers’ most pressing challenges. Less than 20% of surveyed participants prioritize advanced analytics to promote either short-term cost reductions or longer-term structural cost improvements. Only 39% have managed to scale data-driven use cases beyond the production process of a single product and thus achieve a clearly positive business case.

Surveyed manufacturers cited various challenges that impeded their efforts to further scale and implement data-and-analytics solutions within their plants and across networks:

  • They struggle to prioritize the right value-adding use cases from a broad range of applications
  • They have not put in place technological enablers, such as data security or advanced algorithms
  • They lack critical organizational enablers, such as skills and capabilities and effective internal governance

This study by the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), features insights from a unique community of 40+ manufacturing organizations and leading academics and public sector representatives, identifying six priorities to capture value from data and analytics in manufacturing:

  • Define a data-to-value strategy and roadmap
  • Incentivize internal and external ecosystem partners
  • Build capabilities to capture and use data
  • Implement an open platform to unlock data silos
  • Enable connectivity for low-latency, high-bandwidth data flows
  • Ensure data security and privacy

“These findings will help accelerate our journey to support companies in devising a path forward to reach the next level of data-based manufacturing excellence, build trust among manufacturing, suppliers and customers, and unlock new value through the development of new data-driven ecosystems,” said Francisco Betti, Head of Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production at the World Economic Forum.

“Manufacturing is on the verge of a data‑driven revolution,” said Daniel Küpper, Managing Director and Partner of BCG and a report co-author. “But many companies have become disillusioned because they lack the technological backbone required to effectively scale data-and-analytics applications. Establishing these prerequisites will be critical to success in the post-pandemic world.”

As a next step, the community is co-developing a Manufacturing Data Excellence Framework, which comprises value-adding applications as well as technological and organizational success factors. Companies will be able to leverage this framework to accelerate the development of globally connected manufacturing data ecosystems.

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World Bank Group and CES Announce Global Tech Challenge Winners

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World Bank Group and CES announced the winners of the Global Tech Challenge at CES®2021.

The result of a partnership between the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and the World Bank Group, the Global Tech Challenge was launched at CES 2020 to reward scalable and innovative technological solutions in three main areas: digital health in East Africa, resilience in India and gender equality around the world. Technology solutions that helped communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic were also prioritized.

Selected among over 1,000 applications, three winners were selected for gender equality, 10 for resilience and 17 for digital health. More details about the selected innovations can be accessed here for health, resilience and gender equality.

Global Tech Challenge winners will have the opportunity to access financial and/or technical assistance to pilot and scale their solutions on the ground with private sector companies, governments and within development projects financed by the World Bank Group, one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries.  

“From closing the digital divide to building resilience in the face of natural disasters or pandemics, innovation can solve some of the most pressing development challenges. The World Bank Group is pleased to support impactful programs focused on bringing equal access to connectivity to women in developing countries and to recognize cutting-edge solutions such as AI-enabled robots to rebuild homes in post-disaster areas. Now is the time to scale up solutions that have proven effective, so that no one is left behind in the new digital era,” said Makhtar Diop, the World Bank’s Vice President for Infrastructure.

“Disruptive technologies are a fundamental driver of economic growth and job creation—and key to solving development challenges around the world. At IFC, we are proud to support the private sector in bringing these technologies to emerging markets, with innovations that range from portable ultrasound devices that can detect COVID-19 to medical tools that provide real-time cardiac diagnoses even in remote areas,” said Stephanie von Friedeburg, Interim Managing Director and Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer at IFC.

We are thrilled to be continuing our work with the World Bank so the world’s best and brightest innovators at CES can collaborate with the World Bank Group to enter new markets, provide solutions and aid in development,” said Karen Chupka, EVP, CES, Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

Owned and produced by CTA, CES 2021 will be an all-digital experience connecting exhibitors, customers, thought leaders and media from around the world. CES 2021 will allow participants to hear from technology innovators, see cutting-edge technologies and the latest product launches, and engage with global brands and startups from around the world. For over 50 years, CES has been the global stage for innovation, and CES 2021 will provide an engaging platform for companies large and small to launch products, build brands and form partnerships.

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